On Sunday, May 27, with the blessing of the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, the primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Jonah, Metropolitan of All America & Canada, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Mayfield, Pennsylvania.
This Cathedral often changed hands during past jurisdictional disputes between ROCOR and the OCA, and Metropolitan Jonah’s historic visit, marked by this incredible sermon in which he offered a heartfelt apology for offensive and impolitic statements by some of his predecessors, marked yet another positive turning point in the jurisdictions’ relations as Orthodox brethren in America.
The Metropolitan’s sermon here is of the most inspiring talks I have ever heard him give. It covers the subjects of Christian love, forgiveness of and repentance from sins, and above all, the spirit of true joy- not merely happiness or gratification- to be found in reconciliation.
This beautiful video is provided courtesy of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), under the omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral).